loves and dislikes: lisa’s favorite gifts this year

I love giving gifts, love everything about the process – thinking about individuals, hunting down great things that they most likely would not splurge on for themselves, wrapping them, and then, most of all, exchanging gifts. I also really dislike top ten lists, listicles, all things which try to make us stop and take note on the Internet. Yet, when I started thinking about [...]

time-honored ornaments

Most of us have warm memories that stem from the holiday season. Many of them may include the annual tradition of trimming a tree with garland, lights, and ornaments. Perhaps, as a child, you had a special ornament that you looked forward to putting up each year, or maybe you received an ornament from a loved one that you remember opening as a gift. [...]

gather ’round

For many of us, the holidays are spent together with family and friends. It seems that the center of such occasions is often a large, nourishing meal. Sitting down around the table brings everyone together to enjoy good food, conversation, and company. Here are some tips on how to bring a festive atmosphere to the holiday table: Use festive dinnerware, drinkware, and serveware.  These [...]

beyond the tree

The first thought most of us have when we hear the word "ornament" is typically something involving a tree. However, ornaments can be so much more. Here are some ideas to take your ornaments beyond the tree, and even into year-round decor: Hanging from the mantel, ornaments can replace stockings for an unexpected twist in holiday decorating. No room for the traditional tree? Use [...]

full house for the holidays

Nothing is more special during the holiday season than a house full of family and loved ones; having around you those people who mean the most to you and bring joy into your life. I look forward to this time of year and being able to entertain and welcome people into my home. Each year I plan some special event to celebrate the season. [...]